NORMAN — The gallery was packed with art pieces and art installations and a buzz filled the air in similar fashion to an up-and-coming art exhibitiom in a place like New York City or Milan. The 100th Annual School of Art & Art History Student Exhibition brought forth discussion, intrigue and inspiration during the Friday night reception. Student work was revered and students were presented awards for their creations. The exhibit will be at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art through Feb. 16.
Todd Stewart, co-interim director and art technology and culture professor, said the exhibition was both an opportunity for students to show off their work in a gallery setting but also for the community to embrace student artists.
“Tonight is a good opportunity for the community to see the diverse practices and quality of student work,” Stewart said. “The museum and university are part of the community, so people should come take advantage of that.”
Rozmeri Basic, co-interim director and associate dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, said the night was a great opportunity for art history students as well because normally art history isn’t visible outside academia. Basic said at the exhibition art history students would be recognized and have the chance to present lectures on their work.
The 55 works composing the show were selected by guest juror Michael Ray Charles. Charles is Internationally noted artist and University of Texas at Austin art professor. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. and his Master's degree in fine arts from the University of Houston. He was one of the first artists featured in the PBS series “Art 21,” which chronicled the top contemporary art and artists of the 21st century.
Rich Taylor, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, said he couldn’t be happier with the exhibition.